Just when you thought things could not get any weirder:
CNN shocked viewers – and even some current and former staffers – on Tuesday when it aired an interview with infamous white nationalist Richard Spencer, with some media watchdogs positing that the struggling liberal network will do whatever it takes to criticize President Trump.
The segment, which aired on “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” put a spotlight on Spencer ditching his Trump support. “Many white nationalists will eat up this red meat that Donald Trump is throwing out there. I am not one of them,” Spencer said on Tapper’s show.
The Anti-Defamation League has called Spencer a “symbol of the new white supremacy.” He has publicly called for the removal of African-Americans, Hispanics and Jewish people from the United States.
Spencer’s highly protested public speeches often include attendees making Nazi salutes and he was a scheduled speaker at the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., that led to deadly violence.
Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor pointed out that CNN was also recently criticized for glorifying “violent, left-wing lunatics” antifa, so anything is possible when it comes to the liberal network.
“Now they help a white supremacist scumbag push his agenda on national TV. All to do damage to the president. CNN is trying desperately to divide our nation,” Gainor told Fox News.
The most bizarre part of this story is that Spencer actually criticized Trump for being too to racist!
Do you know who is most upset about this new development? David Duke, that’s who. Ever since he ran for Congress as a Republican in a special election in 1989 in Louisiana, Duke has been the unofficial Racist Laureate of the United States. That’s a 30-year run.
At least once every four years Duke could count on the news media showering him with attention and asking him who he was endorsing for President. Duke, knowing which side his bread was buttered on, always picked the GOP candidate. If he had picked a Democrat his gravy train would be over.
But Duke is no spring chicken. He’s nearly 70 now. The media needs someone younger to be the face of (white) racism. And that person can’t be some toothless hillbilly, a bayou bubba, or a tatted-up ex-con. Spencer presents as clean-cut and middle class.
The Left doesn’t see racists under every bed, just Klan robes in every white person’s closet. But the reality is that white racists are an endangered species. The media needs an Emmanuel Goldstein – someone to personify evil. CNN has chosen Richard Spencer to play that role.
What the media won’t tell you is that while Spencer is LARPing as a racist on CNN he has a minuscule number of followers and he and his followers are unwelcome in the GOP. Real or fake, either way, Spencer is repugnant.